SolaRid and IPM Products Manufacturing
IPM Products Manufacturing has a management team consisting of an experienced founder/CEO and associates with experience in government, agriculture, conservation, manufacturing and technology as well as highly respected institutional advisors and individuals who provide the company with consulting advice, business development relationships and technology knowledge.
Our Management Team
Randy J. Sasaki, CEO
As the Managing Partner of a registered investment fund in Los Angeles, Mr. Sasaki has over 18 years of experience financing R&D, commercialization and global distribution of products; and financing manufacturing facilities in China since 2001. He grew up on a Colorado farm and with an engineering background collaborated with entomologist to define the operating requirements of the initial product. Jointly with Tom Brown’s experience in chemical engineering, they engaged electrical and mechanical engineers to design the product based upon results of test installations in different outdoor environments domestically and internationally. Collectively, the team developed manufacturing and quality control processes of fabricating the products for commercial distribution.
Donald Richardson, President
Don Richardson has had a 40-year career of involvement including on-the-ground conservation and agriculture policy, environmental advocacy and politics. For nine years (1989-1998) Mr. Richardson was the Executive Vice President of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts. He represented and advocated for the 75 Conservation Districts in Arkansas. In 1990, Mr. Richardson (Mayor of Clinton, Arkansas) was appointed by the Bush administration to a 3-year term on the EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy representing small cities and towns. In 1998, Mr. Richardson became a Clinton Administration Schedule C political appointee at USDA as Confidential Assistant to the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service where he worked on agricultural policy matters with the Chief and the Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. After returning to Arkansas, Mr. Richardson worked as a field officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts where was a liaison to USDA and worked to accelerate clean energy solutions that improve the economy, national security and the environment. At home, in Clinton,
Arkansas, Mr. Richardson, among other interests serves on the Van Buren County Conservation District Board and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. In 2013, after retiring from Pew, Richardson began a consulting business, Verdant Solutions, LLC, focusing on agriculture, conservation, environment and economic development.
Tom Brown, CTO – Manufacturing Quality Control
Since 2006, Tom has been launching solutions to several industrial and agricultural problems. He has a BS in chemical engineering from BYU. In 2013 he purchased Phoenix Interface Technologies, LLC., and developed technical screen printing processes for EL lamp manufacturing in the electronics industry. He has worked as the technical director for several companies where he used his collaborative approach to introduce new materials and processes into the largest semiconductor companies around the world. Tom formulated and/or introduced several materials that have sold in excess of $100 million. Including i-line photoresist, DUV photoresist, underfill electronic packaging material, and thermal interface material. Tom Brown uses his strong background in material science and chemistry to formulate new materials for agricultural and industry. Tom enjoys taking the next step of introducing the new materials to the end user. Staying close to the customer and listening to their input has been a key to his success.
Cass Kurzinski, Special Projects Director
Mr. Kurzinski is a Chemical and Metallurgical Engineer with over 40 years experience in the design, fabrication, installation and operation of steel plants, chemical plants, power generation systems, water treatment facilities, and various civil engineering projects both domestically and internationally. He owns, and has licensed, process and design patents in the metallurgical and chemical fields to international corporations. He has presented technical papers at international conferences regarding process technology and manufacturing.
Dr. Ronald Hart, PH.D.
Dr. Hart, who co-developed the first direct proof that DNA damage was causal to the onset of cancer, is an internationally recognized scientist, scholar and expert in business acceleration strategies for emerging growth companies. He is the former Chief Scientist and Executive Director of the FDA’s National Center for Toxicology Research and was the only person in the 100-year history of the FDA to be named “distinguished scientist in residence.” In addition, he was a co-author of the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 and co-chair of the Interdepartmental Committee on Technology Transfer for the United States government.
Dr. Hart has received over two dozen national and international awards and recognitions for his managerial and scientific contributions. In policy development, Dr. Hart has chaired the White House Committee on Formaldehyde, the Inter-Departmental Committee on Environmental Health and Related Issues, the White House Task Force on Agent Orange, the Inter-Departmental Committee on Technology Transfer and the White House Committee on Chemical Carcinogenesis, among others. He also has received appointments as Distinguished Professor at a number of institutes.
Dr. Hart has served on the boards and advisory committees of the National Academy of Science-USA (NAS), including as Chairman of the NAS Committee on Indoor Air and the NAS Board on Toxicology and Environmental Health. Dr. Hart has served on the editorial boards of more than a dozen professional journals, has authored or co-authored over 650 scientific publications, and has served as editor for six scientific volumes. Dr. Hart serves or has served either as a director or as a strategic advisor to over a dozen public and private companies, including: St. Renatus, Inc., SNTech, Inc., AeroFarms, Telesca, Inc., First Commercial Bank, and others. Dr. Hart received his Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Illinois in 1971.
Dr. Alley Watada
Dr. Alley Watada is a distinguished agricultural scientist. From 1986-1996, Dr. Watada was the Investigations Leader of the Quality Evaluation, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Beltsville, Maryland. There he also led a unit to develop nondestructive methods for measuring the quality of fruits and vegetables. In 1981, Dr. Watada became the USDA’s Chief of Horticultural Crops Quality Laboratory (HCQL) research on postharvest biology and technology of fruits and vegetables in developing improved methods and techniques for handling, transporting, and marketing fresh fruits and vegetables. Dr. Watada’s research was integrated with the food safety guidelines of Food Drug Administration, Department of Human and Health Services and Agricultural Marketing Service. Dr. Watada currently serves as a technical advisor to companies in the rapidly growing fresh-cut produce industry.
IPM’s business initiatives and product’s technology are supported institutionally by the Global Technology Deployment Initiative (GTDI – http://deployglobaltech.com). The GTDI is a global organization that helps technology providers accelerate the deployment of their technology worldwide. In a collaborative Technology Pipeline Program – Solarid insect control units are also installed at the headquarters of Heifer International ( http://www.heifer.org ). Heifer is an international organization that provides assistance to communities engaged in the fight to end poverty and to care for the Earth. Providing visibility by decision-makers in over 125 countries as well as the over four million yearly visitors.
The company’s insect control units are made in the USA and assembled at 15,300 square foot facilities in Tempe, Arizona. The business focus is thick film electrical devices including Electroluminescent Technologies.
The twelve and twenty-four hour products function different components – controlled by custom printed circuit boards which operations, firmware and circuit design are all proprietary. The EL light panel and manufacturing processes embedding pheromones (agriculture model) or formulas of food grade chemicals (mosquito model) into the EL light panel are also proprietary.
Detailed manufacturing processes have been completed integrating testing electrical systems and each unit certified for functionality.
The product is designed for commercial packaging and distribution; two units – sized in 16” x 24” x 10” corrugated boxes with 96 units pelletized or 1,920 units per international shipping container. The assembled product is thoroughly inspected in a 26-step quality control process prior to packaging and before shipping.
The Proprietary EL Light Panel
The proprietary EL light panel and wiring, processes layering chemicals or pheromone and delivery system are all integrated into a single multilayer – remarkably thin screen, printable panel that incorporates these complementary technologies in replaceable cartridges. During high infestation periods of a specific insect, such as the seasonal Codling Moth, different cartridges can be inserted containing the appropriate pheromone compound.